Student competition brings law and technology to the fore

5 April 2019

A new competition will give Law students the opportunity to transform the profession through technology, with a prize of $10,000.

The University of Queensland Law School has partnered with King and Wood Mallesons (KWM) to offer the #transformlaw KWM Prize, the first of its kind in Australia.

The competition allows Law students to put their creative thinking skills into practice and will reward the most innovative legal technology concept.  

Academic Dean and Head of School Professor Patrick Parkinson said it was an opportunity for students to collaborate with peers in technology and science to make a valuable contribution to the future of the industry.

Over the course of a semester, multi-disciplinary teams will develop proposals for the application of a new technology in legal practice.

“The competition is one of many initiatives the School is taking in law, science and technology to explore the issues that are going to challenge tomorrow’s lawyers and to give our graduates the best possible skills to succeed in their careers,” Professor Parkinson said.

“Students are encouraged to work on innovations across all areas of law and in promoting access to justice.”

Mentors will assist entrants in generating ideas and assessing their suitability in the workplace.

Shortlisted teams will present to a panel of academic and industry experts.

KWM Executive Director of Innovation Michelle Mahoney said the prize will familiarise students with the technologies disrupting the legal industry prior to entering the workforce.

“Our industry is being transformed by digital enablers which is impacting way we work and the way we service our clients,” she said.

“This competition encourages students to explore the role of technology in the future of law and will help them develop digital fluency and agility to help them succeed in their careers.” 

Finalists will be encouraged to present their idea to the UQ ilab Accelerator to further develop their project.

Entries will open semester two, 2019. Find out more about the competition and how to apply online.

Read more about the Law School’s Law, Science and Technology group.

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